Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm EST
onshore energy permitting, provide for onshore leasing certainty and provide certainty to oil asia -- oil shale development and so forth and for other purposes. an act to regulate state's authority to recognize gas operations and promote energy security, development and job creation. mr. reid: mr. president, i would object to any further proceedings with respect to these two bills en bloc. the presiding officer: objections having been heard, the bills will be placed on the calendar. mr. reid: mr. president, welcome back. i hope that you and staff and all the other senators had a wonderful thanksgiving. it was very good thanksgiving for us. we had all of our children and all of our grandchildren except one. she had to work. she lives in new york now. mr. president, this week the united states begins a short two-week work period, and i hope it's only two weeks. but it could lead over into over the weekend before christmas. i know that i come to this floor and say a lot of times we're going to have to work weekends, but, mr. president, we may really have to work the next couple of weekends.